COVID-19: Concerns Government's wage subsidy won't reach workers in time

Many New Zealanders are once again staring down another working week with no work.

Some businesses have already had to think on their feet with the new lockdown.

And while the Government's bringing back the wage subsidy, there are concerns it won't get to workers fast enough.

Sunday is never a day of rest for Dough Boys Bakery - but this isn't the Sunday they had in mind.

"Markets are normally our absolute lifeline, so we had seven markets today, all cancelled obviously," says Candice Dealey.

Left with seven markets' worth of stock, it put out an SOS. After 80,000 social media views, Aucklanders have rallied in support.

"It's been amazing, the community is really backing us, which has been so awesome to have that. It's kind of been like a bit of a hug," Dealey says.

Opening at 7:30am, queues stretched around the block, some customers waiting as long as an hour to do their bit for small business.

"They're obviously in a sticky position, it's terrible to see it go to waste," one person told Newshub.

"We've gotta support them otherwise they're gonna be gone," another said.

But businesses once again need more than just the goodwill of others. With lockdown lasting a full seven days, the wage subsidy is back. There's also a resurgence support payment if businesses can prove a 30 percent drop in income over the next week.

"We never wanted anyone to say 'I can't afford to stay at home' so my ask of employers: access the fund, support your workers to stay home," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Rent and grocery bills don't stop for lockdown - and those working at poverty's coalface say there'll be many Kiwis who can't wait for their employers to pass that money on.

By Sunday morning, Māngere Budgeting Services already had 30 applications for food parcels.

"I would like to think that in times like this, employers are doing everything in their power to reassure workers. This is the time they need reassurance, not more stress and worry about not being paid," CEO Darryl Evans says.

Reminding people to talk to Work and Income if they need urgent help - while asking businesses to do the right thing - especially for those doing it tough.